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Meet the team

Michelle

Michelle

Owner, Pilates Teacher and Mentor on Teacher Training Programme


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I was introduced to it at a local Pilates studio in my gym in Sydney where I lived at the time in 2001. It was the lightbulb moment that sorted out my back pain resulting from a car accident I was in a couple years before. I was hooked, I have never looked back since and I became a teacher soon after that to spread the love!

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Gosh too many. Two very uniquely different ones. Being called up by the wife of the England Football goalkeeper and asked to teach him and her at their house after hearing the work I had done with Watford FC. On the other end of the scale, teaching a 92 year old lady who didn’t own any workout clothes, came in her skirt and lots of petticoat layers and literally squealed with delight when she lay on the Reformer and moved it. She said “no one would touch a woman of her age and she just wanted to move.” I burst into tears!

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I have presented on various TV shows including one where I had to wind up people and celebrities on the street without them knowing I was doing it. It was very funny!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Do your research, learn Pilates well and you will never look back. It’s the one constant you can always rely on to help your mind and body through every walks of life.

Ed

Ed

Owner and Head of Brand

 


 

What’s your area of expertise? 

Branding, Design and Lemon Meringue Pie

Why do you love working with the Pod? 

Because we help so many people to improve their lives through Pilates

Tell us 1 fact about you we don’t know. 

I can do the Rubik’s cube in a few seconds.

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates? 

Pilates is a journey, not a race for perfection. 

 

 

Ellen

Ellen

Pilates Teacher and Studio Co-Ordinator


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I started Pilates whilst at dance college back in 2000. Pilates was always part of the training to prevent injury and balance the body. Being hypermobile as a dancer has it’s advantages but working on stability and strength was needed to support the gruelling work load on our bodies. This served me well alongside all aspects of dance training.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

The day I passed my first Pilates exam and was able to embark upon this rewarding career. 

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I spontaneously and frequently start singing songs based on a single word I’ve heard!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Embrace the movement and enjoy! You can’t learn if you are trying to just understand every little bit, just let your body move and see what information it tells you!

 

Clair

Clair

Pilates Teacher


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I started Pilates as a client at The Pilates Pod years ago, following a sports-related back injury and found that it really helped get out of my back pain.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

My proudest moment in my Pilates career to date was probably passing my very first Pilates certification. In my previous life I’d been a TV producer/director for 11 years (working on shows from the Big Breakfast to BBC, C4 & C5 documentaries) so retraining in fitness and taking exams in anatomy and physiology was a completely new experience.

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I once interviewed Bernard Manning in his pants

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Get on the apparatus. It will change your world completely and you will soon realise how important it is to do Pilates authentically!

 

Rufina

Rufina

Pilates Teacher


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

After trying different ways to sort out my back issues including working with a physio, Pilates turned out to be the best thing to help my flexible but not so strong body. It helped me acquire the right balance of flexibility and strength to get rid of muscular imbalances causing lots of problems.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Getting the encouragement from Michelle, to make the leap from my admin role into teaching. Doing both roles has given me a great understanding of the client’s needs and how I can help them every step of the way.

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I love ice-cream too, lots of ice-cream, it’s never too much for me!!

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Give it a try but don’t give up. You’ll soon love the challenge and the changes it brings to your life!

 

Dawn

Dawn

Pilates Teacher


How and why did you first get into Pilates?

I was recommended Pilates by a friend who asked me to give it a try to help my back pain.  I had tried every conceivable treatment out there to no avail.   I was a little sceptical but willing to give anything a go.  I was hooked from the first lesson!  I had a very understanding teacher who took her time to gradually help me regain some flexibility and correct poor movement patterns.  Once I got my confidence, I was curious to take it further and was lucky enough to have the same instructor to take me through my training beginning with learning to teach basic mat through to gaining my fully comprehensive qualification.

What’s been your most proudest moment in your career?

Having the courage to embark on the final phase to achieve the fully comprehensive certification.  This involved very advanced exercises which I was wary of with my back but having the perseverance and fantastic mentoring meant I could spend extra time to get strong enough to be able to complete all the exercises required to gain the qualification.

Tell us 1 thing we don’t know about you?

I love horse riding and eating crisps! (not necessarily at the same time!)

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Pilates is accessible to all.  The beauty of Pilates is that it is so adaptable, the exercises can be tailored to your specific needs and with experienced instruction will help you reach your goals.

 

Bron

Bron

Studio Administrator


Why did you want to work with The Pilates Pod?

This is actually my second stint working at the Pod – so I’ve been a fan of The Pilates Pod since I started working here before. It’s great to be back!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I’ve just returned from the states, where I spent two years. The sunshine and heat was dull in the end. Honest. 

1 top tip for people new or thinking of starting Pilates?

Don’t think about it, just do it – you’ll love the support provided by the team and the equipment and these guys really know their stuff!